Integrity of FIP Supply Chains: Why Traceability Matters and What Solutions Exist
For the past ten years, fishery stakeholders have been implementing fishery improvement projects (FIPs) to help their fisheries transition to more sustainable practices. Many retailers, food service, and hospitality companies now have sustainable seafood sourcing policies that recognize FIPs. However, until recently, many FIPs have not included traceability as part of their objectives.
Developing traceability systems in FIPs is important for providing assurance to seafood businesses that they are sourcing from fisheries making improvement efforts. In addition, it is a useful tool for improving fisheries management, incentivizing and facilitating proper documentation of catch, and preparing fisheries who are interested in pursuing MSC certification as an end goal to meet the MSC Chain of Custody requirements. For some markets such as the EU, seafood traceability is simple law and therefore must be implemented in order to gain market access. That said, given that FIPs are being implemented across multiple geographies and scales (industrial to artisanal), developing traceability systems is complex.
In this session, we will discuss The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability and how it can help to address traceability issues. We will hear from panelists about the traceability issues facing FIPs and the solutions they have implemented or are testing, and lessons learned. Following the panel presentation, we aim to open a robust dialogue by inviting audience members to ask questions and share their own FIP traceability experiences.